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Merkel’s strategic retreat on same-sex marriage is rival’s tactical win

Germany has allowed same-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships since 2001.Meanwhile, Merkel, in her address, stressed that the USA was a direct benefactor of the German trade, saying that German investments in the US were a major job creator for the country.”We will have controversial discussions at the G20 summit”, she said. But with three months of campaigning to go until the September 24 parliamentary election, Merkel’s early retreat may prove to have been the better strategic choice.Merkel had long voiced personal reservations about gay marriage with adoption rights, citing concern about “the well-being of the children”.The CDU slammed the SPD for its “breach of trust” after four years of joint rule.His remarks were followed with Merkel telling lawmakers that “we should resume work on a trade agreement between the European Union and the United States”, adding, “the multitude of problems that arise can only be dealt within structured trade negotiations with each other”.”It’s sad and completely unnecessary. that such a decision has turned into a political confrontation at the very moment when there was a realistic outlook for a process that could have crossed party lines”, Merkel told Wirtschaftswoche magazine in an interview.Merkel had held a closed-door meeting with her lawmakers on Tuesday and confirmed they would be free to vote according to their conscience – which suggests the Bill will sail through the chamber.”This could have been a great moment for Germany’s parliament”.It said the developments could be seen either as a clever move by Merkel, or as her being “outfoxed” by leftist parties.She said a survey by her office had found that 83 percent of Germans favour same-sex marriage.Public support for same-sex marriage legalization has grown in recent years in Germany, echoing the support by parties.Its co-leader Frauke Petry said the AfD stands for “traditional family values” and sarcastically thanked Merkel for abandoning another conservative position “for purely tactical considerations”.